Meet ADE Award Finalist: Matt Meyers

By Jenny Burns, Community Coordinator for Allen Distinguished Educators
February 1, 2016

Matt Meyers teaches 9th through 12th grade at Greenwich High School in Greenwich, CT. He is leading and developing the CodeGHS computer science and entrepreneurship program that includes app development, game development, website development, and community involvement.

Matt got his start in computer science after his first year of teaching chemistry at Greenwich High School. Disappointed with the ed tech tools available to him, he bought a computer and taught himself how to code in order to make better ones. He founded Slate & Tablets and launched his first application that summer. Over the course of three years, he developed three applications that have been held by 130,000 students across 60 countries, including the GHS Planner App, which is accessed 500 times per minute by students during the school day. After his work received recognitions from the National School Boards Association and Stony Brook University, the Greenwich Board of Education took notice and asked Matt to create a computer science program for Greenwich High. CodeGHS was born to teach students not only the fundamentals of computer science, but also how to create and market real products that solve community issues. In only its third year, the program enrolls 150 students whose work has accumulated over 200,000 total visitors. Their products include midterm review sites, platforms to play social games, photography portfolios, and more. Matt's goal is to provide every student with the technical, artistic, and strategic framework they need to develop and launch their own startups using the experience he’s gained from founding his own.  

Meet the other finalists for the $25,000 Allen Distinguished Educators Award.

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